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Åbo Akademi University is the only university in Finland that has been specifically established to serve the needs of a minority group, that is, the Swedish speaking language minority. Subsequently, this purpose has been laid down in legislation. A research profile focusing on minorities is thus both natural and unique at a national level.
The Swedish-speaking minority in Finland has traditionally formed the core of our expertise in minorities. However, current Åbo Akademi University research on minorities builds on a broad understanding of minority research and its focus extends to minorities on a global level and encompasses both old and new minorities (migrants and refugees) as well as the processes of minoritization and resistance they engender. Four thematic areas form our research strengths and topics: Equal rights, discrimination and democracy; Minority identities and culture; Minoritization processes and minority positions in history; Culturally and linguistically responsive teacher education.
Our minority profile strives to explore the concept of a minority and minority positions from the novel angle as generating new narratives of inclusion and belonging. This multidimensional approach and focus as regards minority issues makes the ÅAU minority profile stand out in relation to other universities in Finland, and indeed internationally. It creates multiple possibilities for collaboration, and for making important contributions to exposing and challenging mechanisms and policies of marginalization and exclusion in society.
The minority research profile aims at developing the Åbo Akademi University into a world-leading centre for minority studies and research through cutting-edge research, teaching, and active societal engagement.
For more information about the profiling area, including upcoming events, also visit our webpages: https://www.abo.fi/en/minority-research/ .
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ROVU: The Many Faces of Special Protection: Unpacking the Roles of Vulnerability in Human Rights and Criminal Law
01/09/21 → 31/08/25
Project: Academy of Finland/Other Research Councils
01/08/21 → 31/12/22
Illman, R. (ed.), Laato, A. M. (ed.) & Opas, M. (ed.), 1 Mar 2022, Turku: Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History. (Approaching Religion; vol. 12, no. 1)
Research output: Book/Journal/Report › Edited Book/Edited Journal › Scientific › peer-reviewOpen Access
A study of the role of economic, social and political resources for subjective caregiver burden among older spousal caregivers in two Nordic regionsÅkerman, S., Nyqvist, F. & Nygård, M., Jun 2022, (Submitted) In: Journal of Ageing and Longevity.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Conference article › Scientific › peer-review
Asylum claims based on sexual orientation: a review of psycho-legal issues in credibility assessmentsSelim, H., Antfolk, J., Pirjatanniemi, E. & Korkman, J., 25 Feb 2022, In: Psychology, Crime and Law. 30 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Scientific › peer-reviewOpen Access
Ruth Illman (Speaker) & Mercédesz Czimbalmos (Speaker)19 May 2022
Activity: Talk or presentation › Oral presentation
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